Walter L. Rice

March 20, 1935 ‒ December 07, 2019

Glenmont, Ohio

Walter L. Rice, 84, of Jefferson Road, Glenmont, died unexpectedly at his home Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, of an apparent heart attack. He was born March 20, 1935, in Danville, the son of the late John and Edna Sapp Rice. Walter lived in northern Knox County all his life and was a 1953 graduate of Danville High School. He was a farmer and former 19-year employee of PPG of Mount Vernon.  Walter served as a Jefferson Township Trustee for 16 years and later served on the Township Zoning Board.  Walter was a former 4-H Club advisor and member of the Jefferson Grange.  He was an avid deer and rabbit hunter for many years.  Walter enjoyed playing cards and loved supporting his children and grandchildren in all of their school events at Danville, Loudonville and Hillsdale schools.

He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Jean Schisler Rice, whom he married August 7, 1954; two sons: Michael Rice of Glenmont and Marty (Kim) Rice of Loudonville; two daughters: Susan (Jay Keating) Uhler and Shannon (Randy) Sprang, both of Loudonville; seven grandchildren: Monica (Tyler Weaver) Rice, Bonnie (Wilxio) Infante, Olivia Rice, Zachary (Kasey) Uhler, Tiffany (Paul) Gray, Gabriel Sprang, and Matthew Sprang; seven great-grandchildren: Tate Weaver, Trace Dickerson, Ella, and Brantley Uhler, and Quinn, Lane, and Mabel Gray; his sister: Shirley Teeter of Danville, and his brother, John “Billy” (Kay) Rice of Mt. Juliet, TN.   He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Robert Clark Rice; and his sister, Marietta Shultz.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 11:00 am in the Snyder Funeral Home LINDSEY CHAPEL, LOUDONVILLE with Rev. Scott Henderson officiating.  Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Knox County.  Friends may call Wednesday from 4-8 pm and one hour prior to services in the funeral home.   Memorial contributions may be given to Eastern Knox Joint Fire District or Loudonville-Perrysville Athletic Boosters Inc. in care of the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting

  • Walter is good man and a better person. Strong individual who loved and raised a beautiful family. The World lost a good man and heaven gained a great soul. My family always felt as a part of this family. So many meaningful memories Thank you Walter, God Bless

  • Dear Mrs Rice, Sue, Tiffany and Rice family: heart felt sympathy for your loss. My God Bless and keep you.

  • My deepest sympathy. I’m very saddened to hear of your loss of your father. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.” “Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”

    “My prayers are with you and family.”

    Raj & Sudha Venkataraman

  • May God comfort you all in the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was always such a pleasure to be around and showed the love for others always. His legacy will live on through your great family. May God bless him in his new journey.

    Love, Bob & Bonnie Gribble

  • Sue and family,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I didn’t know him but know you loved him and will miss him greatly. There will be some rough days ahead but I hope you can remember all the goods times too.

    Lisa & Gary

  • Walter was always such a good person towards all others, regardless of their “social” status. Those who knew Walter were fortunate, and the world is not quite so nice with his loss. He had a wonderful family and a wonderful life. May God bless his family with only all the many good memories he left behind

  • My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. From watching the video, I can tell you have wonderful memories.

  • To Walter’s family, especially Jean and Shirley. Walter was a good neighbor. I can remember him in high school. Many years have passed. Am sorry for your loss.

    Peace and Blessings, Ann

  • I am so sorry for the recent loss of your beloved Walter. I was searching his name this morning because I found a very old newspaper clipping in an antique book. I am not sure the date of the article but it is about perhaps his father… Major Walter L Rice a veteran of World War 1. I would love to share this article with your family so that you may add it to your scrapbooks. It states Major Rice was a graduate of V.P.I Blacksburg Va and he was a native of Glenmore, Buckingham county, Va. The son of Mr & Mrs A.S.J Rice and she resided in Lynchburg. Should you wish to view the article you may contact me at 5408162663. With deepest sympathy to you all, Sereta Johnson, Bedford Va

  • Dear Shannon, Sue and Families,
    It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of your father, father-in-law, husband and grandfather. We extend our deepest condolences as you grieve together. May the presence of other family members give you some comfort at this difficult time.
    Ron and Vivian Etzwiler
    Mitchell Davis and Michelle Etzwiler

  • Hello you sweet, sweet folks. Over all these miles please know that I am saddened by your loss and joyful at your video memories. Also fondly thinking of the memories I have of Walter & myself. From late night frig raids to silly game answers to Amish auctions. I treasure knowing you all. Love & peace.

  • Jean, I’m sorry I can’t be with you at this time like you and Walter were with me almost 3 years ago, as we put Fran to rest in the same cemetery where you will put Walter. Health and an eye blinded for now due to diabetes make it dangerous to drive.
    It was just short of 39 years ago that I first met Walter and his sons, when Fran and I bought the little farm from your niece Becky Salyer. Walter and his boys came over and made the first crop of hay for us, and we have appreciated you all now through all those years. I know the grief will seem insurmountable for awhile, but it will be easier with time.

  • Jean & family – So very sorry to hear about Walter. Always such a fun and kind man. I have many memories of visiting Aunt Marietta and seeing you both at family events. My heart goes out to you all at this time of sorrow. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Becky (Grace Shultz Lentz’s granddaughter)